2016 Rouge Cuvée de la Reine des Bois Domaine de la Mordorée
Some of this is aged in one to three-year-old barrels. Again this is a very black fruit expression, and only the subtlest notes of wood. Silky fine tannins are present, but not at all aggressive. The matter is all here - it's really gorgeous but could do with a year to open up a little, and will age effortlessly. Drinking range: 2019 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2018)
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One of the finest releases from not only this appellation but the entire Southern Rhône, the 2016 Lirac La Reine Des Bois is a unique blend of close to equal parts Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre that’s brought up in 30% used barrels, the balance in stainless steel. It literally jumps from the glass with loads of blackberry and currant fruits, graphite, charred meats, and peppery herbs. Deeply colored, medium to full-bodied, with sensational purity, give bottles a year or two and enjoy through 2028. It’s another brilliant wine from this estate that’s landed on both feet after the passing of winemaker Christophe Delorme in 2015. Rating: 95 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com(Sep 2018)
Violet, raspberry, red cherry – lots of primary flavour on the nose, accompanied by bitter chocolate and a very slight iodine character. Serious and savoury in flavour, but with drinkable structure thanks to moderate tannin and medium body. Drinking range: 2017 - 2026 Rating: 17 Richard Hemming MW - www.JancisRobinson.com(Oct 2017)
Domaine de la Mordorée
Started in 1986 by the Delorme family, Domaine de la Mordorée has become one of the top estates in the Rhône, with arguably the most consistent quality. The word 'Mordorée', literally 'bronze' or 'golden-brown' is one of the many poetic names for a woodcock, the symbol of the domaine. Other such names include the cuvée names - 'La Belle Voyageuse' (the beautiful traveller), and 'La Dame Rousse' (the russet lady). Founding winemaker Christophe Delorme's objective was to be unintrusive and maintain total respect for his terroir and the fruit it produces, striving to achieve a perfect balance between concentration, terroir and balance.
The domaine consists of 55 Hectares, on 38 different parcels, providing a rich, wide range of soils and micro-climates. The whole domaine has been certified organic since 2007.
Following Christophe's untimely death in 2015, his wife and daughter, Madeleine and Ambre, have taken on the running of the domaine, ably assisted by Rémy Chauvet, who was the cellarmaster under Christophe. As Jeb Dunnuck has put it in the Wine Advocate, 'the estate is obviously still in incredibly capable hands'.
Put a little spice into your Yuletide and a warming peppery tingle on your tongue. It’ll keep out the winter chill and liven up dinner table.
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